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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Pedestal \Ped"es*tal\, n. [Sp. pedestal; cf. F. pi['e]destal,
It. piedestallo; fr. L. es, pedis, foot + OHG. stal standing
place, station, place, akin to E. stall. See Foot, and
Stall, and Footstall.]
1. (Arch.) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp,
or the like; the part on which an upright work stands. It
consists of three parts, the base, the die or dado, and
the cornice or surbase molding. See Illust. of Column.
Build him a pedestal, and say, "Stand there!"
2. Hence: A short free-standing column or column-like object
designed to support a work of art or other object; a
column serving the same function as the base of a statue.
It may be made of wood, marble, or other suitable
3. (Furniture) A part of a desk which contains a frame and
drawers, stands on the floor, and provides support for the
desk surface. There may be zero, one, or two such
pedestals in a desk.
(a) (Railroad Cars) A casting secured to the frame of a
truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
(b) (Mach.) A pillow block; a low housing.
(c) (Bridge Building) An iron socket, or support, for the
foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests
on a pier.
Pedestal coil (steam Heating), a group of connected
straight pipes arranged side by side and one above
another, -- used in a radiator.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp" [syn:
base, pedestal, stand]
2: a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority); "they
put him on a pedestal"
3: an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)
[syn: pedestal, plinth, footstall]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
57 Moby Thesaurus words for "pedestal":
aggrandize, apotheosize, baluster, balustrade, banister, base,
caryatid, colonnade, column, dado, deify, die, dignify, elevate,
ennoble, exalt, foot, footstalk, foundation, glorify, honor,
idolize, jack, magnify, mounting, newel-post, pedicel, peduncle,
pier, pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, platform, plinth, pole, post,
queen-post, raise, revere, shaft, socle, staff, stalk, stanchion,
stand, standard, stem, subbase, sublime, substructure, support,
surbase, trunk, upright, uproar, worship
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